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Rodenticide Linked to Six Sudden Deaths in California

California officials announced on Thursday that they have linked six sudden equine deaths in the state with trace levels of anticoagulant rat poison. The six horses, who died between December 2012 and this September, all died due to massive internal bleeding that had previously gone unexplained. California Horse Racing Board equine medical director Dr. Rick […]

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Everything Old Is New Again: Examining Thyroxine

Off-label use of thyroxine (sold as Thyro-L, Levoxine Powder, or Levo-Powder) has been popular among trainers since the 1970s, but recent revelations from leading Thoroughbred conditioners about blanket use of the product in their barns has veterinarians and regulators concerned. When used according to label instructions, levothyroxine supplements are intended to correct hypothyroidism—a condition in […]

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Report on Baffert Deaths: No Wrongdoing But ‘There’s Something Wrong Here’

An extensive investigation by the California Horse Racing Board into the sudden deaths of seven horses from trainer Bob Baffert’s barn at Hollywood Park, from November 2011 to March 2013, concluded there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Baffert or anyone associated with his stable.  The report could find no specific reason for the abnormal […]

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